Ecuador spans the equator on the northwest coast of South America. With its cultural diversity and wide range of environments—the Galapagos Islands, the coastal areas of...
IPSL students in Chiang Mai can study Thai, gender and sexuality, human rights, and other courses focused on social justice and refugee issues. Spend a fall or spring semester...
The IPSL program in Montpellier, France is ideal for anyone interested in French and Arabic language and culture, contemporary European studies, art history, Euro-Mediterranean...
Students will have the opportunity to get a rich, traditional Tanzanian experience by living in beautiful Arusha - a traditional and less populated city very close to many...
The countries of S.E. Asia are as different as they are similar and IPSL students have a unique opportunity to live, study and serve in TWO important SE Asian countries,
Take part in a combined study abroad and service learning program in the Galapagos Islands and Quito. You will be able to choose from three tracks of study that focus either...
Get the exclusive opportunity to study, learn Spanish, and serve in Cordoba, a cultural and historic centre located in the heart of Argentina. A lively university city, Cordoba...
An incredible experience
Submitted by Emma Newton - Long Island University | June 01, 2015
I had previously studied abroad on an IPSL program in Cusco, Peru and it was such an incredible experience that I had to do another one! After discovering that I was passionate about animals while living and serving in Peru, I decided to go to veterinary medical school. I knew that the American Farm School in Thessaloniki would get me all the hands-on experience I needed for my application to vet school and then some. I was not disappointed. The summer I spent working with the dairy cattle made me critically look at my future career, the politics of food, agriculture, and animal welfare and helped me gain a new appreciation for Greeks working in the agricultural system as well as farmers all over the world. More than that however, with IPSL, I was able to do on-the-ground research that eventually informed my graduate school thesis on agriculture and farm policy. Now with two IPSL experiences under my belt I realize now that I never want to stop traveling, serving, or immersing myself in other cultures.
Has been amazing
Submitted by Hannah White | May 29, 2015
My experience in Guayaquil thus far has been amazing. I am volunteering at a Foundation called Fundacion de Padre Damian. This organization houses men and women who have Hansen's Disease. The foundation also works to get rid of the stigma surrounding Hansen's Disease. Every morning when I walk in to volunteer, I am always inspired by the smiles on everyone's faces. Many of the men and women have lost their fingers, cartilage in their faces, feet, and sometimes even legs. Many people would choose to be bitter in these situations but I have never seen anyone seem unhappy. I always describe my days there as full of laughter. I am usually a part of intense domino tournaments or arts and crafts with the women where I practice my Spanish and learn about the lives of these joyful people. Just as my presence there is much appreciated, I will be forever changed after meeting these people.
Opened up my options
Submitted by Karen Canton | May 29, 2015
IPSL really opened up my options and introduced me to new potential opportunities. I’ve made more goals for the future after this experience because I know it is now possible to create something and pursue it. You can make something out of nothing with help from IPSL.
An amazing experience
Submitted by Katie Weiskotten - SUNY New Paltz | May 29, 2015
Living with a host family in Cambodia was an amazing experience. I developed a relationship with my host mom despite her speaking very little English and me speaking very little Khmeri. So it was more of a nonverbal friendship. We communicated by laughing and acting things out and it taught me that silence is okay and there is more to a relationship then speaking the same language.
So much better
Submitted by Niki Gates - Tanzania Program, Fall 2014 | May 29, 2015
This program was so much better than I could have imagined. I truly felt like I was immersed and accepted into this new culture. My patience and flexibility in situations has improved immensely, and I have a whole new appreciation and respect for what organizations do and how they are run.